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Roslindale's old Ice Box up for sale for a cool $6 million; brokers say it would be a great spot for 80 tiny apartments

The Ice Box

Imagine 80 micro-apartments in place of the old ice joint.

A place where Roslindale and Jamaica Plain residents used to go for bags of ice and gallons of spring water is being marketed for sale to intrepid developers who want to start extending the Forest Hills residential building boom further down Washington Street.

Falcucci Properties, LLC of Braintree is asking $6 million for the home of the Ice Box on Washington Street - across the street from the Puritan Ice Cream factory - and a single-family home next door that was built in 1910. The city assessors currently value the two neighboring parcels, with 24,480 square feet of land, at about $1.1 million.

Listings extol the lot's potential:

POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 80 MICRO UNITS 70 MARKET RATE 10 AFFORDABLE. DEVELOPERS DREAM LOCATION 5 MINUTES WALK TO FOREST HILLS T.

The Ice Box closed late last year.

The city currently has a pilot program to encourage less-than-stratospherically priced new housing by allowing units smaller than normally allowed by city regulations. An 80-unit micro-unit building on the site would require approval of both the BPDA and the zoning board.

Via the Roslindale Complains Facebook group.

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...they should have hit up the BPDA before all of the federal indictments....

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From a beautiful car wash, less than a block away from vibrant Archdale.

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... missed. It has been there for ages! It added to the character of the neighborhood. One of the gravestone places is gone too.
Little by little, old Boston disappears.

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Was it just ice and water?

Can we get landmark status for Pleasant Cafe and Puritan Ice Cream? Those seem to be the cornerstones of old time Roslindale and for all my posts about Doyle's, I would be sad if/when they close down due to generational or business shifts.

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The McClay family owned it, they ran an oil company as well. 6 Million???

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There was another ice machine on Spring street up by the VA , Think McClay owned it or serviced it, it was in the driveway of a house. This was all before Joe Savenor made the ice business famous.

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Which Old Boston would that be?

Do you think that someone popping into 1980 from 1880 would recognize the place? Or 1880 from 1780?

Humans make over their spaces over and again. It is the way of the world.

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Let’s just say it’s whatever Old Boston you want it to be.

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Just so long as it lives and breathes.

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I think history is pretty interesting. My great uncle grew up in Hyde Park, fought in the Korean War and had a lot of stories to tell before he passed. I'm sure people like that do not interest you, but I loved driving around Boston and listening to him talk about his family and places that reminded him of his youth.

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You couldn't have said it any better!

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Our beautiful city has gone to the dollar.

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Oh yeah let's bemoan the loss of an effing large ice machine. JFC NIMBYs know no building they won't suddenly love in order to prevent needed housing.

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The railroad Tracks are right behind you like 30 feet, like someone said you
have the car wash across the street. And I hope there is parking because that side of the street No parking what is it 5AM to 9 AM Bus lane. Your talking 80 Units when will it stop.
Again what is affordable housing? Really how much does an affordable unit cost? 400K?
less? More?

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All the new developments are right on the Northeast Corridor and the Orange Line, except for the new units that are on the Arborway right across the street from the Forest Hills station.

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Forest Hills is tough driving, with these new units going up next to the Courthouse
I don't know. I think the overpass was better for traffic, but I guess it was falling apart.

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The mainline railroad between Boston and New York is called the Northeast Corridor and abbreviated "NEC." This is primarily an Amtrak term.

The "southwest Corridor" is the description of the Orange Line trench from Boston to Forest Hills which primarily described the Orange Line and its above-ground pedestrian greenway. However for Amtrak that is still the NEC.

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Did not stop at Forest Hills went right up Hyde Park Ave, Houses on Rowe Street in Roslindale were taken over by eminent domain. Right from Blakemore Bridge across Cummins Hywy. I had friends who sold and had to move. I think there was suppose to be a Highway built right out to Rte 128. I think that was the plan. All along Lamartine Street, empty houses were torched etc. in the 1960's into the 70's that area was a dump. Now it's Beautiful. JP has made an unbelievable comeback, getting rid of the El helped too.

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I don’t care what they build there, but The city really needs to work with eversource to bury the power lines south of forest hills.

Im terms of development the lumber yard is probably next.

Also I really wish they’d go taller at forest hills. And add some office space. We are far enough away from the airport that forest hills could potentially become another high spine.

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And a CVS and a grocery store of some kind. Forest Hills should 100% be more of a retail/office hub given how many people pass through there every day.

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There’s a cvs inside the target. Really wish harvest hadn’t closed, though. Would really like a Trader Joe’s nearby.

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This city is sick. All these new units and high rent so the locals can't afford. Way to go Marty. I sure miss Mayor Menino.

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I usually go to the Icebox before Thanksgiving to ice up the back porch cooler so the extra beer and wine can stay cool. That's the last bulk ice place I know of, aside from Brookline Ice.

With regard to the apartments and the car wash: Last time we went to the Icebox we were entertained by the blaring music being played by the guys who dry your car across the street. As others mentioned, between the trains and the buses and the car wash disco, it won't be a peaceful place to live.

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So, they market the project for micro-units with the $6mil asking price. It stands to reason that the micro-unit is going to benefit the developer via profit. Meanwhile, people are treated like pigeons.

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Right next door. Not a nice area for say 800K condo unit. Trains behind you, Washington st at your front door, and behind the Noisy car wash you have the Needham Commuter rail. Lovely!!!

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If they build housing and no-one wants to live there then the price will drop down until it's somewhere people do want to live for that amount of money. That's how it works.

You know this doesn't cost you anything unless you want to live there, right?

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People pay top price for some of the units then they can't sell the other s and they become Section 8 types or even better Airbnb units like the problem they are having in Southie.

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is really rundown, I thought that it was going to get the same new complex like Beech Street?

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Or, hell, just the data behind these statements?

We are waiting.

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